If you can make time to view these sessions (or at least register, then watch them another time), I would thoroughly recommend them, especially the System Center licensing overview.  You may not like licensing, but when it comes to System Center, understanding the benefits of licensing the Suite (SC Operations Manager, Configuration Manager, Data Protection Manager and Virtual Machine Manager) could be the difference between a small project, and a much larger, broader, infrastructure optimisation.  Definitely worth a look I’d say.

Planning and Deploying Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V Part 1:
Plan with the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit 4.0 and Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides

Presented by Baldwin Ng and Fergus Stewart

Thursday, August 20th 2009 – 16:00-17:00 GMT

Description:

Windows Server 2008 R2 will be available soon.  Are your customers' datacenter servers ready for migration to this new operating system?   Which of your customers' existing servers are good candidates for Hyper-V virtualization?  Attend this Partner Academy Live session and see how the Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit and Infrastructure Planning and Design Guides can help you accelerate your pre-sales and migration planning for Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V.  Part 1 of a 4 part series.

Register here:

https://training.partner.microsoft.com/plc/details.aspx?publisher=12&delivery=269441

Planning and Deploying Windows Server 2008 R2 and Hyper-V Part 2:
Deploy Windows Server 2008 R2 with Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010

Presented by Michael Niehaus

Thursday, August 27th 2009 – 16:00-17:00 GMT

Description:

Gain a strategic competitive advantage by reducing deployment costs using the latest deployment toolkit for Windows Server 2008 R2 deployment projects. The Microsoft Deployment Toolkit 2010 provides a common console with the comprehensive tools and guidance needed to efficiently manage Windows Server 2008 R2 deployment projects. Attend this Partner Academy Live session and  see how new features like flexible driver management and access to deployment shares from any location will help simplify deployment and make your job easier.  Part 2 of a 4 part series.

Register here:

https://training.partner.microsoft.com/plc/details.aspx?publisher=12&delivery=269452

System Center Pricing and Licensing Updates

Presented by:  Sean Suydam and Diane Prescott

Friday, August 21st 2009 - 18:30-19:30 GMT

Description:

Understand the key System Center pricing and licensing changes and how to use them in your conversations with customers to sell today.  This session will bring together all of the recent changes we’ve communicated and help you position this news in your accounts.  We’ll cover System Center changes in the ECAL, the new Client Management Suite, SMSE in FY10, and the upcoming launches of DPM v3, Config Manager 2007 R3 and Service Manager.  We’ll also provide a quick recap of the System Center licensing model along with resources for the field to assist you with your customers’ pricing and licensing

Register here:

https://training.partner.microsoft.com/learning/app/management/LMS_ActDetails.aspx?UserMode=0&ActivityId=511453

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